Best of Business Winners

Wow, how time flies! We have been awarding our popular Best of Business Awards for 20 years—two decades’ worth of saluting winning companies, as chosen by our readers.
The awards are the result of reader response to the survey we publish in the January/February issue of Kootenay Business magazine.
This year, we added a half-dozen new categories: Craft Brewery, Website Designer/Developer, Engineering Consulting, Renovation Contractor, Window Cleaning and Equine Supplies.
Even the smallest communities now seem to be brewing their own tasty beers, so Craft Brewery was a logical category to add. We’ve listed favourite websites for quite some time, but now we’re honouring the designers and developers who bring the best websites to fruition.
Other category additions reflect the variety of businesses that keep our communities humming along.
Time does surely fly when you’re having fun. We hope our faithful readers will enjoy perusing this list, and we hope the businesses of the Kootenays will continue to thrive and prosper as the years fly by. 

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Winners at a Glance

Derek Curlew sitting on a sofa with his wife and their new baby

Curlew’s Refrigeration has made its mark in the Kootenays

Derek Curlew answers some questions about his business and his life in Trail, B.C.

Dale Felhauer smiles for a photo

Heavy equipment sales produce a heavy-duty award

Dale Felhauer, general manager of Inland in Cranbrook, B.C., continues to guide the company to the pinnacle of heavy equipment sales

Jared Brand is the owner of J. Brand Painting in Nelson and is pictured here with his wife, Crystal.

J. Brand Painting earns an award dipped in gold

Jared Brand, owner of J. Brand Painting, has cultivated a stellar reputation and strong relationships within his hometown of Nelson, B.C.

(L to R) Alden, Mark, Sarah and Grace Yancey sit on a helicopter

Boulder Hut Adventures welcomes voyagers to the Purcell Mountains near Kimberley, B.C.

Mark Yancey, owner of Boulder Hut Adventures, discusses what’s changing within the skiing tourism industry

(L to R) Murray Kimber, owner and creative director, Tori Lotecki, client services and production lead, and Stephanie Delnea, senior designer, make up the Speedpro Signs team in Nelson, B.C.

Speedpro Signs supersizes business messages

Murray Kimber, owner and creative director of Speedpro Signs in Nelson, B.C., has big ideas and knows the right way to wrap up anything

Maggie Spizzirri.

Helping you market with moxie

The key to success for this entrepreneur is open and honest communication with her customers

by Julie Matchett
Connie Lawrence, owner of The New West Trading Co. 1985 in Grand Forks, is standing outside her store with three staff members.

For a local gem, visit this health food store in Grand Forks, B.C.

For great health choices, visit Grand Forks’s New West Trading Co. 1985